What do I do if an addict refuses rehabilitation?

It is well known that people with alcoholism are not in a hurry to see an addict. Relatives and loved ones of alcoholics are often desperate for a feeling of powerlessness. The main thing is not to give up. Try the following ways:

Tell a relative that you are concerned about their alcohol abuse and want to help them. Back up your anxiety with recent examples of his or her drinking causing problems for the family and for himself or herself.
Tell the alcoholic that until he or she agrees to treatment, you will act not to punish him or her, but to protect yourself and your family from the devastating effects of his or her drinking. Your actions can range from refusing to go to a party to leaving home. Don’t make threats you can’t make.

Plan to talk to an alcoholic soon after he or she has some problems because of his or her drinking. Choose when he or she is sober, when both of you are calm and can talk privately.

If the alcoholic still refuses treatment, ask a friend to talk to him/her using the techniques described above. A friend who is a recovering alcoholic can have a particularly strong effect. But any sympathetic friend can also be useful. In order to convince an alcoholic to heal, it is often necessary to intervene with more than one person and to have more than one conversation.

One effective and loyal way of doing this is to create the conditions for an alcoholic or drug addict to “want” to be treated. Quotes are here because, in fact, an addict cannot have such a desire. This is directly explained by addiction. It is only in the process of professional rehabilitation that true motivation emerges. Alcoholism is not easy to treat. Moreover, when the patient refuses treatment and succumb to the temptation and weaknesses that give rise to addiction. Remember that you are not the only one of our specialists in the rehabilitation center always ready to help you.